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About VAVending

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  • Birthday 04/30/1995

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    Virginia
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    Other
  • Vending Since
    2017

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  1. VAVending

    Rural locations and snack accessibility

    Good to know your experiences. I’m not even “in town” out here, but there are maybe 8 small businesses along the way to the city. Banks, outdoor equipment, plumbers, etc. Very scattered but on the route. My plan was to place them after I’d run through the burgh I’m currently working, but it makes sense to do so now. I’ve just gotten used to getting out of the car once and hitting 12 businesses before having to get back in the car.
  2. So I’m curious about something. I’m based in a rural area, about a 30 minute drive from the closest town. I typically drive into town to do my box placing. What I’m wondering is this: there are several small businesses scattered around where I live that I haven’t placed yet just because I started my route in the town due to the high density of businesses there. Do rural locations tend to do better because of lack of nearby grocery stores? Or do they do worse because everyone is already used to bringing their own food and snacks? Anyone have experience with this?
  3. VAVending

    Let's talk on problems with financing

    I think the idea is that most vending operators that succeed and stick with it aren’t looking for someone to finance them. They start with anywhere from $200-$2000 and grow from there. They are the kind of person who want to be their own boss and therefore likely wouldn’t want to have an investor looking over their shoulder when they could just start with a small amount of cash and be in the clear. Those who want to go big right away either fall for the inevitable biz-op (what we call all the people who ask huge sums of money for subpar equipment and service), or wind up finding they don’t have the experience and can’t keep up. They wind up selling their equipment on Craigslist for the small starting guy to pick up. I’ve been around a very short time and have already seen dozens and dozens of would be vendors fail, give up or just not like the business. If I were an investor, vending is a market I wouldn’t touch. The exceptions to the rule wouldn’t be worth the risk. The only circumstance where I could see this working out is if someone with decades of successful vending experience had sold his business, moved across the country and wanted capital to start where he left off in his new location. Just some things to ponder for your project. Benjamin
  4. Honor Box Location Binder Templates View File These are templates (Apple Numbers and Microsoft Excel respectively) that follow the accounting model from Vending-Business-Information.com, as laid out by Dennis. This sheet will do all of the percentage calculations for you as well as auto filling your "Route Totals" sheet. I recommend adding a new "digital binder" for every route you run. To input a location, simply duplicate the template sheet and fill in the information from your location card. Then add that location to the formula on the "Route Totals" page and drag the new formula over all of the cells. I hope this helps y'all avoid the confusion I faced when first starting out. Benjamin Submitter VAVending Submitted 08/15/2018 Category Vending Tools  
  5. Version 1.0.0

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    These are templates (Apple Numbers and Microsoft Excel respectively) that follow the accounting model from Vending-Business-Information.com, as laid out by Dennis. This sheet will do all of the percentage calculations for you as well as auto filling your "Route Totals" sheet. I recommend adding a new "digital binder" for every route you run. To input a location, simply duplicate the template sheet and fill in the information from your location card. Then add that location to the formula on the "Route Totals" page and drag the new formula over all of the cells. I hope this helps y'all avoid the confusion I faced when first starting out. Benjamin

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  6. VAVending

    New to Honor Box Vending

    Now that I’m used to it I’m seeing about 8/10 as well. Doesn’t bother me at all when I get a call to pick up a box because at this point I’ll just place it again within 5 minutes; maybe even in the same plaza. Settle on a script, rehearse it many times and then when you have it down, work on making it more and more casual and less sales. Remember, you’re offering them an awesome service free of charge, no need to sell anything, just conversationally explain how it works and see if they want it. If not, move on and don’t look back (for 6 months or so, then try again.)
  7. VAVending

    New to Honor Box Vending

    Definitely check out this thread for locating tips: I reposted some of the best locating tips I’ve ever been given there. Hope they help. Welcome to forum and I wish you success.
  8. VAVending

    Lipton 16.9 bottles

    I’m currently running Lipton 50/50 in a wittern 3500, should I be expecting problems? I have them 16 high like the cokes and they’ve been vending fine so far. Seemed sturdy to me, better than Aquafina anyway (which is also vending fine at 16).
  9. VAVending

    Happy to have joined the forums!

    Welcome Karl! We’re glad to have you!
  10. VAVending

    Route Update (for those who care)

    90% of the time the box is in the breakroom, since you’re selling to employees, not customers. Even if they said “no” to the last guy, that’s just because the service he was offering isn’t as good as what you have; you’ve got this.
  11. VAVending

    New Machine Thoughts/Questions

    Good to know, apologies for my confusion.
  12. VAVending

    New Machine Thoughts/Questions

    Okay, thanks! Ordered my full line keys from LSI which is why I was confused. Apologies.
  13. VAVending

    New Machine Thoughts/Questions

    LAI, or did you mean LSI? Wondering if it’s a typo or I’m just I’ll informed.
  14. VAVending

    New Guy Here

    I like full line but have had issues with location placement. I feel like I got a handle on everything except that part of the business (probably because I’m not a very good salesman). Honor placement is so easy in comparison; the other day it was every 2 to 3 businesses I visited that I placed. I currently have 1 full size snack and 4 soda machines. 2 of which are working 100% and are great. So I’m still new to things (though, like you, this forum has been a long time inspiration for me). They are heavy and big, REALLY heavy and big. But not completely unmanageable. I like the pickup truck method of moving personally. You pull out the compressor, tip the machine onto the tailgate, pull the truck forward a bit and heave-ho it into the bed, on it’s back. (Pick up a few pallet sheets of cardboard from Sams Club water section, they help a lot.) They don’t have to cost too much if you go used. I contacted a local vending company that is switching over to coke franchise bit by bit and they gave me some really good deals on awesome equipment. You just have to dig and be patient waiting for the deals. Once you have the soda machine placed, I feel like it’s so much easier to service and do profits/loss on. For some reason the uniformity of cans and bottles soothes my ocd mind, lol. I’m mechanically minded so I don’t worry about the machines breaking really, beyond the expense. When I bought them none of them were working, but (with the help of the folks here) I’ve been able to get 3 of them fixed completely. The other two I just haven’t gotten around to. Sorry for the rambling response there. All in all, I don’t have nearly as much experience as others on here, but I’ll do my best to help out where I can.
  15. VAVending

    New Guy Here

    Sounds like we’re basically planning the same thing (except I also have some full line machines). It'll be interesting to compare notes from time to time.
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